Children’s book author Steven Winkelstein hopes to make his latest story, of a young girl surviving the Holocaust, into the first iPad app on the subject
Judith van Praag's insight:
No, this is not about Holland, but I'm going to make my business it will be. In a related Scoop about Holocaust education the author of 94 Maidens interviews young college students, quizzing them on the Holocaust. The answers to her questions were a wake-up call. Early Holocaust education may need to take place in the class room, touch pads offer possibilities to reach children at an earlier age. Winkelstein is heading for the iPad App. His IndieGoGo efforts deserve attention and support. Are you sitting on a story that could reach multitudes thanks to modern technology and New Media?
Go go, get it done. The stories must be told, on and on and on. They must not be forgotten. Hitler was NOT the leader of Amsterdam for goodness sake (answer to a question in the above mentioned video). History must be remembered.
A personal story makes history more immediate for the listener or reader. We connect our parents and grandparents with the children of today, the adults of the future. We hope they will carry on the message: Not On Our Watch.
In memory of a baby boy Machieltje Prins who was killed in Auschwitsch at barely four months of age. Kaddish is really for the survivors, as solace, in memory of the lost one.
Hearing Lenny Kuhr sing makes me think of Kaddish for an Unborn Child the novel by Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész even if that's about a man who can't make himself to have a child in the Post-Holocaust world.
Op vrijdag 22 maart werd in Kamp Westerbork het nieuwste boek van Martine Letterie gepresenteerd: Groeten van Leo.
Judith van Praag's insight:
Leo and his family remained in Transit Camp Westerbork for two years, an unusually long period, probably because Leo's father was a pharmacist. Still, ultimately this didn't save them from being put on transport to extermination camps in the east.
Different from the accounts recorded as part of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, "Nog Altijd" (Even Now, Still, or After All These Years) is an "as told to" written report of Ronnie Goldstein van Cleef's experiences during WWII, as a Resistance worker, and later in Nazi concentration camps. The author, Saar Roelofs has done an excellent job. While it's clear Ronnie's reporting is triggered by questions, the author never gets in the way.
The most intriguing notion to me however, is that one of the I.D.'s Ronnie used as courier belonged to my mother.
Missed this in 2011, but it's never too late to learn more about the Holocaust, to learn another personal report. For some the memories of their own experience may make it too difficult to read yet another book, watch yet another movie, for other's telling and retelling the story may be the only way to deal with the unbelievable.
The discussion about a poem (see my translation in another scoop.it) written by a Dutch boy whose great uncle joined the SS continues.
Out of respect for surviving generations, the public reading of the poem during the yearly memorial of WWII victims has been cancelled by the 4+5 May Committee.
Taking the role of the devil's advocat the author of this blog post compares the situation on the Eastern Front (in Russia - German soldiers fighting the Russians) to what was going on in Indonesia around the same time. His father also fled poverty of the Great Depression in the Netherlands, he argues, and wound up in a Prisoners Of War camp in Pakanbaroe (Riau, Indonesia). Did he make the right choice, the blogger wonders.
The problem is that the two choices can't be compared. The writer's father did not join the ennemy's army, as the young poet's great uncle did.
He suggests that exclusion of surviving generations of collaborators at the memorial teaches the wrong lesson: that monopolization of feelings (sentiments in regards to all the surviving generations) leads to successful exclusion. Which is exactly which "we don't want to see happening 'ever again'," he argues.
In other words, empathy much be shown to the relatives of collaborators and traitors.
I'm all for that (as long as they don't undersign the ennemy's doctrine themselves), children of collaborators and traitors are/can be victims as well.
Still, that doesn't mean the true survivors of the Holocaust and WWII should have to share the spotlight during the National Memorial for WWII Victims with truth and attention seeking offspring of Nazi sympathizers.
They can be in the spotlight, on another stage, at another time. As it happens to be right now, that's exactly what is happening.
A Pennsylvania woman set out with a video camera to learn what college students in her state know about the Holocaust -- and discovered an incredible lack of knowledge not only of the genocide of the Jews, but of basic facts about U.S.
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We met more than 30 years ago. She, to her own surprise at 50+ a journalist, interviewed me, the 25-year-old stage designer and P.R. person about Taller, an artist collective. Next, she invited me to help her prepare for the Seder at her home. In between mixing matze brei, shoving matze balls in steaming hot broth, and picking up the "pekelvlees" (pastrami) at the butcher's, she shared tid bids —is that the wrong expression for something as horrific as Auschwitz— of her life story.
The new prize will encourage 'risk-taking' among writers.
Judith van Praag's insight:
Blake Morrison, poet, author and Professor of Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths, said: “As to the new Prize, we hope it will encourage more risk-taking among novelists, editors and agents alike. There’s an idea that innovative and genre-busting books are bound to be inaccessible. We don’t believe that’s the case.”
Over the years U.K. publishers seem to have been more open to innovation than American brethren. If Goldsmiths states to be open to chancy work, that may be a cut above.
Anyone having a bold and original novel coming out in 2013? Competition entries may be made by publisher or bona fide imprint.
Op 3 mei gaf Bart van der Boom in het Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam tekst en uitleg over zijn boek 'Wij weten niets van hun lot', waarin hij stelt dat de ‘gewone’ Nederlander tijdens de oorlog geen concrete kennis had van de Holocaust.
Klaas Carl Faber - Germany Volunteered for Dutch SS and served in SD as member of the Sonderkommando Feldmeijer execution squad which executed members of Dutch resistance, opponents of the Nazis and those hiding Jews; also alleged to have served in a firing squad at the Westerbork transit camp from which Dutch Jews were deported to death camps. Status: Sentenced to death in 1947 by a Dutch court for the murder of at least 11 people, his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment, but he escaped from jail in 1952 to Germany, where he had been granted Germany citizenship which protected him from extradition back to the Netherlands. All efforts to have him prosecuted in Germany, have hereto been unsuccessful, although the German authorities have indicated a willingness to reexamine the case. On November 25, 2010, the Dutch government issued a European arrest warrant for the immediate arrest of Faber, and the German prosecutor in Ingolstadt, where he resides, supports his incarceration. A final decision in the case is expected within the next few weeks.
At this memorial site, each red brickstone, placed on its end within the outline of a map of the Netherlands, stands for one person murdered. 102 Thousand out of 106 thousand torn away from their homes did not return from the death camps.